The Papyrus Gonolek
laniarius mufumbiri

Planning a birding Safari at the end your next business trip to Africa...? Get ready to meet the Papyrus Gonolek, a colorful stocky bird which moves actively, but slowly, with a horizontal posture.

The Papyrus Gonolek is similar to the black headed Gonolek but with a bright-yellow cap complementing her crimson breast, and white bar on the black wing.

This African bird was named by Ogilvie Grant in 1911.

The bird has specialized habitat requirements, being restricted to papyrus swamps.

Papyrus Gonolek is not yet a threatened spicies but she has become rare due to habitat loss and pollution.

In this section of the Birding Safari Guide we share with you information about Papyrus Gonoleks in Uganda in order to make your Bird watching tour to Africa even more fascinating.

You will find information about:

Where to find the Papyrus Gonolek in Uganda

In East Africa, you will most likely find the Papyrus Gonolek resident in swamps around lake victoria.

In uganda, the Mbamba Swamp would be the best site to view these birds during your birding tour.

This African bird is locally common but quite shy, and you might find it difficult to observe in dense papyrus swamps from 1100- 1600 meters.

Did you know?

The Papyrus Gonolek is a very sensitive bird to its habitat; she occupies only and only particular habitats that meet her selection criterion!

How you will know that you've seen a Papyrus Gonolek

You will see a small colorful bird, about 19cm long with a golden-yellow crown, a narrow white wing bar, and orange-red underparts.

You will identify the immature birds by their duller colors with a dingy olive crown, dull yellowish throat and dirty pink-orange underparts.

The sexes look alike.

Interesting Facts about Papyrus Gonoleks

Want to see Papyrus Gonoleks while in the wild....?

Listen their call then follow on...

The male bird calls a musical wi-onk wi-onk or chonk-chonk, sometimes in a rhythmical series and the female Papyrus Gonolek may accompany with similar antiponal notes or a harsh chh-t-chh.

The female Papyrus Gonolek lays 2-3 3ggs.

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